Finding Gym Motivation

The fact that I have this blog in the first place should be a really big clue that I really don’t naturally have the motivation to go to the gym and work out.  When I was being hard wired, the physical activity chip never got connected.  So it would probably be a fair statement to say that I can be self conscience at the gym.

At my gym we have the handful of people that come in looking ready to don their red, white, and blue spandex and go American Gladiator on anybody who looks at them hard.  (Actually, they all seem very nice and are always smiling and chatting with someone – I still find them scary.)  I don’t know about anyone else, but I find these folks to be a demotivator rather than something to keep me going.

You see, as much as I shun much of the “instant gratification” mind set that is so prominent these days, if I don’t look like I should be in those red, white, and blue spandex after 3 workouts I get discouraged.  Yes, I tell myself it takes longer, I have further to go blah, blah, blah…  When I’m ready for results I want them now!  Dammit!

So my suggestion for all of our American Gladiator-esque type folks out there…  to help encourage us cream-puffs, maybe you could wear a badge with your “before” picture.  Perhaps if it’s a dramatic difference from your current shape you could add just how long it took to go from flab to fab!

Just sayin’…


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Amanda
    Nov 27, 2010 @ 19:35:40

    This is great Shannon. I have been following your blog. And it helps that someone else struggles too. I lost 10 pounds last month but when joel came to visit we ate out everynight and i gained almost all of it back not to mention we didnt do anything much but sit around. so this week i am having to struggle back into eating right and it sucks because i would kill for an old fashioned hambuger and fries right now. Keep up the work hun. And i will see you soon.


  2. Shannon
    Nov 27, 2010 @ 20:30:41

    Yeah, I got on the scale yesterday and I was back at square 1 (you notice I didn’t have a weekly update this week). So I’m hoping that with the training we’re doing in the parks and getting back to the gym I’ll start dropping some of this weight back off.

    But I’m guessing the two huge tacos at Tink-A-Tako afterwards aren’t going to help a lot! LOL!!!


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